As biotech companies continue to report positive news from their COVID-19 vaccine trials, The View‘s Joy Behar is ready to sign up. On Monday morning, the longtime host returned from her holiday weekend with a positive outlook, and she promised that the second Dr. Anthony Fauci says the novel coronavirus vaccine is safe, she’ll get the vaccine live on the show. “I’ll get the first shot!” said Behar. “I will take the shot right on the air so that people who believe I’m a liar will take it!”
After a news-heavy Thanksgiving weekend, the women of The View had plenty to discuss on Monday morning, but things quickly came back around to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While the co-hosts were nervous about Dr. Deborah Birx’s warning that holiday travelers should quarantine and get tested, they expressed their optimism that a vaccine is on the horizon. “I feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Sara Haines. “It’s like knowing we just have one more sprint to do, and putting our heads down and doing the work.”
“I cannot believe we’re getting this vaccine so quickly,” added Behar. “I just think it’s remarkable.” The longtime co-host explained that she’s “a pro-vaxx girl” and “the opposite of these people who don’t believe” that vaccines really work. “I guess because I had the polio vaccine as a child so I didn’t get polio. I’m in that age bracket,” she said. “I didn’t get swine flu or SARS or the Hong Kong flu or any of those things. I get a flu shot every year and I never get the flu. I take a pneumonia shot; I never get pneumonia. I never get lockjaw. I believe in it.
“Once Fauci takes it and says it’s okay, then I will take it,” continued Behar. “I said to [executive producer] Brian before, ‘I’ll take it on the air.’ Just like Matt Lauer, I believe, had a prostate examination on the air and [Katie] Couric had a colonoscopy.”
This is not the first time that Behar has offered to take the COVID-19 vaccine. In September, she and Ivanka Trump got into a brief tiff when Behar said that Trump will “push anything to get re-elected,” even an unsafe vaccine. “And by the way, I will take the vaccine after Ivanka takes it,” she said.
Shortly after the episode aired, Ivanka Trump responded on Twitter. “Deal,” she wrote the co-host. “I will come on your show to do so.”
The View has been relatively tame recently, so maybe this is exactly what the show needs to catch a late-year second wind. If the last Trump family View appearance is any indication, a Joy-Ivanka vaccine-off is exactly what the doctor ordered — literally.
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